Pius XI's Words of Wisdom on Hollywood

In his encyclical, Vigilanti Cura, Pope Pius XI wrote that he was “deeply anguished to note with each passing day the lamentable progress of the motion picture art and industry in the portrayal of sin and vice.”

That encyclical regarding film immorality was issued on June 29, 1936. The Pope lamented that “the road seemed almost closed to those who sought honest diversion in the motion picture.” The situation has hardly improved in the ensuing 70-plus years.
The best we can hope for today is that Catholics everywhere will be judicious in the choice of movies they attend – and especially those they allow their children to see – in hopes that, as Pius XI said, movies become a “valuable auxiliary of instruction and education rather than of destruction and ruin of the soul.”
In the Pope’s judgment, the art, science, and technology of movie making were all true gifts of God. Yet he admonished that these talents be used “to promote the extension of the Kingdom of God upon earth.”
Perhaps that should be our guide as well in determining which movies we, and our children, choose to watch.

Comments

Popular Posts

Francis Drives Neo-Traditionalists and Neo-Conservatives to Full Blown Gallicanism. Just Released Open Letter Accuses Francis of Formal and Public Heresy ---- Still Calls Him Pope ---- and demands that the "bishops of the Catholic Church" Depose Him if He Does Not Respond to and Obey Their Admonition.

"Paris will be burned" ---- Our Lady of La Salette: Collapsed Spire, Collapsed Catholic Civilization. How the Notre Dame Fire is an Image of the Real Church's Situation Today.

Frankenherring: Francis as Red Herring. Neo-Cons and Neo-Trads , Practicing Gallican Revivalism, Act as if There is Only One Cuckoo in the Cuckoo's Nest.

Prominent Remnant Writer Endorses Sister Lucy Truth Project! Thank You for Your Support Ann Barnhardt, We are Advancing to the Truth on All Fronts. The Evidence We are Collecting and Presenting to the World, Will Speak for Itself.

World Congress of Families Fights Back Against the New Anti-Christ Europe. Italy, Russia, Hungary, Moldova and Poland Sign Up to Defend Christian Civilization.